A 17-year-old man believed involved in two police chases last night has reportedly been taken to the Marion County jail this morning, after Wamac Police Chief Brooks Alcorn noticed what he says was a suspicious looking male on Hickory Street.
Alcorn stopped the individual and discovered he was a suspect in two fleeing and eluding incidents from the night before. The suspect’s identity is not yet being released.
We first brought our online followers the story late last night, but it took another twist around midnight, when a second stolen vehicle was involved in a high speed chase with police.
It started just before 8 p.m. Wednesday night, when central city police first spotted a white 2001 Nissan Maxima four-door car that was reported stolen Sunday from the Huck’s station in Salem.
The officer attempted to make a stop. The suspect, however, fled and the officer began pursuit, which continued into Odin, where Odin police chief Joe Nix joined in the pursuit. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies would also join in the chase.
According to Nix, speeds on Odin road reached upwards of 120 mph before the vehicle left the roadway at Odin Road near the curve at Community Beach, rolling and taking out multiple trees. The suspect fled the scene on foot and has not been apprehended.
Central City police returned to the Citgo station in Central City to secure surveillance footage they believe may show the suspect. Jerry’s Towing hauled the Maxima from the scene, with its rims knocked off the axle.
A few hours later, just after midnight, a vehicle was stolen in the area where the first vehicle was crashed. The owners of the 4×4 truck witnessed the truck being taken and reported it stolen.
The truck was spotted in Central City and a second pursuit began that ran through the streets of Centralia and onto the west side of town. The suspect ultimately took the truck off road, left it in a field and fled on foot.
Law enforcement is encouraging people to lock their doors, lock their vehicles and by all means do not leave your keys in your vehicles.